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N.Y. Attorney General Opens Probe into Cuomo’s Pandemic Book

  • Inquiry on use of state resources sought by N.Y. Comptroller
  • Cuomo said staff ‘volunteered’ to work on leadership book
Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes off his protective face mask before speaking during a news conference in New York, on April 19. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes off his protective face mask before speaking during a news conference in New York, on April 19. 

Photographer: Shannon Stapleton/AFP/Getty Images
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New York state Attorney General Letitia James has opened a criminal probe into whether Andrew Cuomo improperly used government resources when the Democratic governor wrote and promoted a leadership book during the pandemic, following a request by the state’s comptroller.

The attorney general’s office is looking into whether any public resources were used in the development and promotion of the governor’s book “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic,” according to a person familiar with the investigation, who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorized to speak about it.